São Paulo Travel Guide
Quality condiments like artisanal tapenades and high-end cachaças, Brazil’s sugar cane–based firewater, as well as sustainable handbags from Mãos Brasil, top the duty-free goods at this Brazil-only shop.
The 25,000-square-foot store is the city’s gargantuan temple of chic - dealing in everything from cars to carry-alls.
Galeria Melissa is a mecca for plastic and rubber footwear. Expect stylish sandals, sneakers, and kitten heels by Vivienne Westwood, Karim Rashid, and Jason Wu, among others; the rotating installations by local artists at the massive entranceway draw even the non-shoe obsessed.
Here, Japanese karepan (curry buns) are sold alongside Brazilian palmito cakes and eggy breads laced with Portuguese sausage.
This tiny art gallery run by Brazil’s government-owned airport management company hosts small monthly painting, sculpture, and photo exhibitions from Brazilian artists, some of which, depending on their popularity, spill out into the terminals.
Most international flights to Brazil arrive around sunrise: head out of customs and head straight ahead to start the day off with the country’s beloved pão de queijo (cheese bread), which marries blissfully with a strong cafezinho (small espresso).